(photo from listen.sdpb.org)
Duffy's long career as a protagonist for causes that he held close to heart is an example to those who are committed to making a positive difference in their communities. True, he was a high-profile lawyer that kept him in the public eye, but I have no doubt that the passions motorizing his embrace of so many causes, most notably environmental and Indian rights (the Rapid City Journal notes that he donated thousands of hours of pro bono work to securing Indian voting rights), came from a soul similar to those of many in our community, less well-known but equally energized. They are campaigners who make the creation of a better, more just society the centerpieces of their own life commitments. You don't have to agree with their--or Duffy's--points of view or foundational beliefs, but you have to admire their selfless dedication to making this community, this state of ours, the better place they long for.
They certainly lost a champion when Duffy died yesterday.